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NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK ANNOUNCES WEDNESDAY NIGHT DESIGNER LINEUP AND PLANS TO HOST OUR FIRST MEN’S STYLE EVENT

Nashville Fashion Week Announces Wednesday Night Designer Lineup and Plans to Host Our First Men’s Style Event

Our eighth annual five-day event will kick off on Tuesday, April 3 with the Nashville Designer Showcase in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville followed by three more nights of runway shows on Wednesday (Ready-to-Wear), Friday (Emerging Designers) and Saturday (Finale) nights; as well as special ELEVATED events, Shop Nashville Week, and Learning Labs throughout the week. The new Men’s Style Event and sold-out Blogger Brunch are designed to generate excitement for the upcoming week of fashion events that showcase many aspects of Nashville’s thriving creative fashion community. More specific details on all events will be announced over the next few weeks.

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The Ready-to-Wear Runway Showcase will feature five diverse designers on Wednesday, April 4 at OZ Arts Nashville from all across the country. 

“I'm really proud to see how progressive, creative, and alive Nashville is and has been for some time! And, of course the Nashville Fashion Forward fund too. I’m very happy to be here debuting AW18 with Nashville Fashion Week and Jamie Nashville. It feels good to be home,” said Julianna Bass, first recipient of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund in 2011.


JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST MEN'S STYLE EVENT

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The Men’s Style Event is the first men’s fashion-focused event hosted by Nashville Fashion Week. The evening will feature a fashion presentation by Oak Hall Nashville, of Italian brand Eleventy, and an installation by Edward’s Shoes, locally-made men’s custom dress-shoes, on Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at 505 Nashville. Co-hosts Brian Barry, publisher of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine and Tim Ozgener, CEO of OZ Arts Nashville will welcome guests to 505, the tallest residential building in Nashville. Guests attending the event will enjoy light bites from Virago, signature drinks created by Bar Alliance Nashville and tastings of Pennington Distilling Co.’s new Davidson Reserve four-grain Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Parking will be provided by Parking Management Company. A limited number of tickets are available for $60 each at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

“Fashion in Nashville is growing, and I love how it combines the old and the new,” said Barry. “Stores likes Levy’s, which is more than 160 years old, are just as ‘well-suited’ to handle Nashville’s menswear needs like newcomers Oak Hall and Alton Lane. There are also so many great fashion industry professionals in this city that we work with at Nashville Lifestyles, and I am fortunate to be able to work with great talents every issue.” 

Tim Ozgener is optimistic about this year’s partnership between Nashville Fashion Week and OZ Arts Nashville. “I’m so glad to be part of this year's Nashville Fashion Week,” said Ozgener. “I have always loved the creative, artistic and FUN aspects of fashion. This event will combine all three for an unforgettable experience.”

Tickets and Elevated Access Passes for the Men’s Style Event, Nashville Designer Showcase, Read-to-Wear Showcase and Emerging Designer Showcase are available for purchase at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. All NFW ticket holders get FREE admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from April 2-14 featuring the Nick Cave: Feat exhibit with proof of purchase. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Recipient Is...

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Thanks to all that joined us for our 2018 Nashville Fashion Week Kickoff Party last night at Noelle! We were excited to announce the first details of our 2018 programming and our 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient to a sold-out crowd. 

“Our mission has always been to educate local and national audiences about Nashville’s thriving fashion industry,” said Nashville Fashion Week managing partners/co-founders Connie Cathcart-Richardson and Marcia Masulla. “For over eight years, Nashville Fashion Week and the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund have helped raise awareness of Nashville’s vast creative talent by showcasing over 109 designers and hundreds of local businesses with an investment of over $750,000 in the local fashion community. We look forward to fostering Nashville’s fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent for many years to come with this volunteer led and run event.”

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SEVENTH ANNUAL NASHVILLE FASHION FORWARD FUND RECIPIENT NAMED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Designer Maria Silver has been named the 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient. A committee from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee selected Silver from a group of experienced fashion industry applicants with ties to Middle Tennessee. Silver is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a bachelor of fine arts in women's contemporary clothing and costume design. Before founding her fashion line Black by Maria Silver in 2011, Silver worked in various costume design positions on Broadway, then moved to Los Angeles as a design assistant, as well as toured with the cult rock band The Ettes. Black by Maria Silver has been featured in Nylon, Bust, Refinery 29, Elle, and others. More recently, Silver designed for the critically acclaimed Nashville Ballet production 7 Deadly Sins, and in 2017, opened her first storefront in East Nashville. This will be her fifth year showing at Nashville Fashion Week.

"I couldn't be more honored to receive the Fashion Forward Fund award from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Nashville Fashion Week,” said Sliver. “The continued support from the Nashville community has been key to my growth. With this award, I hope to explore new ways to improve both my e-commerce presence and brick and mortar storefront, with the end-goal to integrate both in an innovative manner. I believe is the future of our craft and art.”

The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund that supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing an annual financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. Established in 2011 by the co-founders of Nashville Fashion Week, the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. 

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2018 LOCAL & EMERGING DESIGNERS ANNOUNCED

Nashville Fashion Week announced local and emerging designers with additional announcements to follow for two additional nights of runway. Six established local designers will have the opportunity to showcase their most recent collections again at the Nashville Designer Showcase on Tuesday, April 3 at opening night of Nashville Fashion Week:

  • Any Old Iron 
  • Black by Maria Silver
  • Lily Guilder
  • Ola Mai
  • Ona Rex
  • Truly Avarenga

The Emerging Designer Showcase on Friday, April 6 will include ten designers from across the country. These designers were selected from hundreds of applications submitted through the emerging designer application process this year.

  • Amanda Casarez (Stafford, VA) 
  • Andrew Gallivan (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • Ariel, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
  • Barbara Bultman Designs (St. Louis, MO)
  • Eileen Kelly (Nashville, TN)
  • Justin Mark Richards (Nashville, TN)
  • Laura Citron (Nashville, TN)
  • Shea Steele (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Splashed by DKG (Birmingham, AL)
  • Yellowcake Shop (Cleveland, OH)

“We are delighted to showcase Nashville’s leading designers with new designers discovered through our emerging designer application process,” said Richardson and Masulla. “The quality and number of emerging designer applications we receive continues to grow each year as does the community support for our local designers. It’s so rewarding to watch these designers grow from year to year.”

All four Nashville Fashion Week runway shows will take place in one location for the first time ever in collaboration with OZ Arts Nashville on Tuesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 7

AMAX TALENT + NFW 2018 MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The 2018 AMAX Talent + Nashville Fashion Week Model Search finalists selected from thousands of applicants were also announced. They include:

  • Francesca Désir
  • Aubrey Hill
  • Lily Merhoff
  • Vienna Rovenstine
  • Alyssa Taylor 

The winner will be awarded a $1,000 modeling contract with AMAX Talent, the opportunity to meet one-on-one with top national modeling agents including IMG, Next, Elite and Ford, a professional photo shoot with fashion photographer/2016 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund recipient Brett Warren, and the opportunity to walk the Nashville Fashion Week runway. The AMAX Talent + Nashville Fashion Week Model Search has been a launch pad for many successful modeling careers since 2012. 

"We had a remarkable group of applicants this year and are excited to have the opportunity to work with Nashville Fashion Week to find and develop unique and diverse models with high fashion potential from the Nashville area for the global marketplace," said Ginny Maxwell, Director of Scouting & Development at AMAX Talent.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Tickets for Tuesday, Friday and the Elevated Access Pass are now available to purchase on the Nashville Fashion Week website. Prices range from $50/$75 for standing tickets, $75/$100 seated tickets, and $350 for the ELEVATED Access Pass. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

Nashville Fashion Week and AMAX Talent Announce Model Search 2018

Nashville Fashion Week and AMAX Talent Announce Model Search 2018

AMAX Talent is searching for aspiring models through December 1 to debut at Nashville Fashion Week 2018. Eligible male and female applicants ages 13-30 will have the opportunity to meet with AMAX Talent model scouts for a chance at the grand prize. 

The finalists will be announced early 2018 with the winner announced during Nashville Fashion Week. The winner will receive a prize package that includes:

  • $1,000 modeling contract and development with AMAX Talent
  • The opportunity to meet one-on-one with top national modeling agents including IMG, Next, Elite and Ford and to walk the Nashville Fashion Week runway
  • A professional photo shoot with fashion photographer Brett Warren.

    No experience is required, but applicants must meet all of the physical and age requirements and guidelines specified on nashvillefashionweek.com. Only models NOT represented by other agencies are eligible to participate. All Model Search applicants will also be considered for Nashville Fashion Week model casting.

    The AMAX + NFW Model Search has been a launchpad for many successful modeling careers since 2012. 2017 Model Search winner Ella Miller is in development and has worked with photographers Brett Warren, Mark DeLong, Jess Williams and Mario Pena. Only two weeks after being named the 2016 Model Search winner, Molly Rothe was selected to walk for Carolina Herrera. She has since received multiple contract offers from top agencies around the world and worked with renowned photographer Emma Summerton. 2015 Model Search winner, Briggs Rudder, spent the summer modeling in Japan, and is signed with Wilhelmina in New York where she has worked for Maybelline and walked for Valentino. 2014 winner, Sydney Chiyoko, is signed with Next Model Management in Los Angeles and Miami and with DNA Models in New York. She has walked in Nashville Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week and starred in campaigns for Uta and Bad Habit Beauty.  2013 winner, Olivia Brunner, has been featured in Justine Magazine and worked for TJ Maxx. Caleigh Darraugh, the 2012 Model Search winner, has worked in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Asia. Her clients include Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Gilt Group, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire France and L’Officiel and she has appeared on the cover of WWD and L’Officiel Morocco. 

    AMAX Talent is a full service agency representing fashion, commercial and lifestyle models as well as actors, hair and make-up artists, and wardrobe stylists. Cherylann Stephens, former director of Next and Wilhelmina in Los Angeles, opened AMAX's parent company, Maximum Artist Creative Services, in 2005 to fill the need for an artists agency in the Nashville market. In 2009 MACS acquired AMAX, a well known Nashville modeling agency founded in 1989. In 2012, AMAX was joined by Ginny Edwards Maxwell, a well-known model scout and mother agent. Through a strong emphasis on both local and direct booking, as well as scouting and developing local models for international placement, AMAX has quickly risen to become one of the premier agencies in the Southeast. AMAX models have been featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Celine, Jill Stuart, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren, Levi's, Tommy Hilfiger as well as walked the runways of Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton. For more information on the agency, please visit AmaxTalent.com.


    APPLY NOW: The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund and Emerging Designer Application Deadlines are only three weeks away!

    Applications for both The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s 2017 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award and Nashville Fashion Week’s 2018 Emerging Designer Showcase are now being accepted through November 13, 2017. Detailed information can be found at NashvilleFashionWeek.com.

    Nashville Fashion Week Presents Shop Nashville Week 2017

    Nashville Fashion Week Presents Shop Nashville Week 2017

    Shop Nashville Week

    Nashville Fashion Week is excited to announce a week full of special shopping events April 3-8 at a variety of Nashville-area retailers city-wide. Shop Nashville is a city-wide celebration designed to encourage and support the local retail community that makes us uniquely Nashville. Thirty participating retail partners will host seventy-nine of their own events, trunk shows and unique promotions during Nashville Fashion Week to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through donations and proceeds from event sales.

    NFW Sponsor Legacy Ink has donated a limited quantity of official "Shop Nashville" tote bags for each participating retailer to gift to their customers during the week.

    Present your receipt for at least $25 from any participating NFW “Shop Nashville” retail partner for free admission to our Nashville Fashion Week “Evening of Photography + Fashion” event at Fifth Avenue of the Arts on Thursday, April 6 from 6:30-9:30.

    NFW Retail Partners:

    American Threads
    Any Old Iron
    AshBlue
    Barton Perreira
    Ceri Hoover
    David Yurman
    Dillard's Green Hills
    Emerson Grace
    FashionAble
    Flip

    Gus Mayer
    H. Audrey
    Judith Bright
    Levy's
    Lily Guilder Design Showroom
    Madewell
    Margaret Ellis Jewelry
    OBag
    Oak Hall
    Posh

    Private Edition
    Rachel's Boutique
    Scout & Molly's
    SOCA Clothing
    Stacey Rhodes Boutique
    Steluta
    True Religion
    Two Old Hippies
    UAL
    Vineyard Vines

    Featured Shop Nashville Week events include:

    • Any Old Iron, Levy’s, Lily Guilder Design Showroom, Posh and Stacey Rhodes Boutique will each host NFW runway designer trunk shows. Stop by to shop the looks from the runway and meet the designers.

    • Alabama Chanin designer and Nashville Fashion Forward Gala guest speaker Natalie Chanin will showcase her collection at Steluta all week long with a meet and greet on Friday.

    • Kick off NFW shopping at UAL, a seven year NFW sponsor, with 20% off any single item purchased at any of their three Nashville locations on Monday, April 3.

    • Blogger styling event at Madewell with Chloe Wen on Tuesday

    • Shop 2014 NFF Fund recipient Ceri Hoover’s new SS17 collection launch on Wednesday

      • Lash and brow beauty event at Barton Perreira on Wednesday

      • Shop and meet the owner of Eleventy at their Pop Up Shop at Oak Hall on Thursday

      • American Threads will donate 10% of sales to the Fund on Friday

      • Saturday afternoon Fashion Shows at the new Dillard’s Green Hills

      • Trunk Shows at Emerson Grace, H. Audrey, Levy’s, Oak Hall, Private Edition and Two Old Hippies throughout the week. Margaret Ellis Jewelry is hosting an out-of-studio trunk show at Nina Kuzina Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

      • Refreshments and food trucks at David Yurman, Flip, Vineyard Vines and many more

      • Register for drawings and giveaways at Ash Blue, Gus Mayer and Scout & Molly’s

      • Exclusive discounts will be offered throughout the week at American Threads, FashionAble, Judith Bright, Margaret Ellis Jewelry, OBag, Rachel’s Boutique, SOCA, True Religion, Two Old Hippies and UAL

      • Please shop our other loyal NFW sponsors too - The Mall at Green Hills, Opry Mills, William Edge, Green Pea Salon and The Cosmetic Market

      Visit NashvilleFashionWeek.com to view the full Nashville Fashion Week 2017 schedule including detailed event descriptions for each of Shop Nashville's participating retailers and to purchase tickets to all of the official NFW events planned throughout the week.

      LAST CALL TO SAVE - TICKET PRICES INCREASE TOMORROW!

      Individual runway show ticket prices will increase $25 each and tickets for Thursday's "An Evening of Photography + Fashion" ticket will increase $15 on Tuesday, March 28 so get your tickets now! It's only one more week until show time!

      Two New Ways to Support Nashville Fashion Week

      INTRODUCING THE FIRST NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK BLOGGER BRUNCH

      Brunch with your favorite local influencers at the first Nashville Fashion Week Blogger Brunch on April 1 from 11 - 1 p.m. at City Winery (609 Lafayette Street). Twenty-four bloggers and influencers from Nashville's fashion and lifestyle communities will kick off NFW in style.

      Nashville Fashion Week invites you to join event chair Caroline Acree of Caroline Margaret Studio and Nashville Wardrobe Project and the Blogger Brunch hosting committee at this new event. The host committee includes Alicia Boswell, Alex Ciaramitaro, Kathleen Clipper, Chloe Hall, Abby Demmer, D'Anelle Desire, Phillip Fryman, Jacob Matthews, Ashley McClellan Houston, Tiffany Mitchell, Moriah Murrell, Hunter Claire Rogers, Alicia Searcy, Hunter Schleicher, Anna Schowe, Alexis Teichmillen, Chad Vance, Melissa Watkins, Brooke Webb, Liz Whalen, Olivia Whalen, Kay Elle White and Morgan Wisted. The NFW Blogger Brunch is sponsored by O Bag Nashville.

      "As a new locally-owned, small business, we're excited to have the opportunity to be a part of NFW and support the Fashion Forward Fund by sponsoring the Blogger Brunch.  We're proud of our little city evolving more and more each day towards one known for its arts and fashion.  In fact, we believe in our fashion forward city so much that we knew it was the perfect spot for our unique business where every customer has the opportunity to design and build their own handbag!" - Karen Malmquist, O Bag Nashville

      The $20 ticket price includes event admission and a complimentary “NFW Survival Kit” gift bag. Survival kit sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cosmetic Market, Cardio Barre and more. A limited number of tickets are available. The ticket price does not include food or drink from City Winery, but the full brunch menu will be available for purchase.

      "City Winery is thrilled to be a part of Nashville Fashion Week for another year in a row! This year's Blogger Brunch is the first of its kind for NFW, and we're proud to host this exciting networking event for some of Nashville's top entrepreneurs." - City Winery Nashville

      All proceeds benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 


      NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK LIMITED EDITION DESIGNER T-SHIRTS

      Don’t miss out on these limited edition tees designed especially for you by three of our NFW designer alumni - Amanda ValentineOna Rex and Black by Maria Silver. Legacy Ink has generously agreed to donate proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt to benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund gives an annual award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come. Quantities are limited so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Purchase your t-shirt now for only $28 from Legacy Ink

      “Legacy Ink chose to team up with NFW to give supporters of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund a cool and unique way of showing support with featured designers while giving back. We also opted to work with the organization because we sincerely believe in giving talented individuals a platform to excel while helping the community and local fashion industry as a whole, said Troy Cheairs of Legacy Ink.

      PURCHASE TICKETS

      Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 4-8 at unique locations throughout the city. Runway and All Access Passes as well as tickets to all events are now available in a wide range of prices at NashvilleFashionWeek.com. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund is an endowed fund established to support the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing a financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities.